Why Is It Called A Wife-Beater?

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    Apr 01, 2014 5:37 AM GMT
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    Apr 01, 2014 5:42 AM GMT
    Because that's what real man wear when they beat their wives.
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    Apr 01, 2014 5:43 AM GMT
    jmusmc85 said
    David3000 saidBecause that's what real man wear when they beat their wives.


    Would you ever beat me Davy?icon_cry.gif

    I will when you recover from last time.
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    Apr 01, 2014 6:17 AM GMT
    It's probably a stereotype of guys wearing them?

    Whatever the case may be, it's one of my fetishes.
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    Apr 01, 2014 6:24 AM GMT
    What you're guy is wearing, woody, is too fashionable (a nice cut) to be a "wife beater" strictly speaking.
    A WB is more like this:

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  • Apr 01, 2014 12:26 PM GMT
    Stereotype of rednecks (who may beat their wives) wearing them
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    Apr 01, 2014 12:37 PM GMT
    More specifically, I think it came from men in movies who wore those and always seemed to end up beating their wives.
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    Apr 01, 2014 12:51 PM GMT
    jmusmc85 said
    David3000 said
    jmusmc85 said
    David3000 saidBecause that's what real man wear when they beat their wives.


    Would you ever beat me Davy?icon_cry.gif

    I will when you recover from last time.


    So mean. icon_cry.gif


    You've said you like it rough jmusmc85, and grow a pair you don't have to play wifey just because you're a bottom.
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    Apr 01, 2014 1:09 PM GMT
    MikeW saidWhat you're guy is wearing, woody, is to fashionable (a nice cut) to be a "wife beater" strictly speaking.
    A WB is more like this:

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    Yeah, and he's in the appropriate poor rural setting. I love his tan line, he obviously never wears anything else, even outdoors.

    And he appears to be pointing in alarm at the relatively new car across the way. Maybe it's a bill collector, or a bank foreclosure agent. Anyone not driving a banged-up pickup truck out there is suspicious. Well, time to go back inside and beat up the wife some more, maybe she knows who they are.
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    Apr 01, 2014 1:17 PM GMT
    I always thought it was "white beater" learn something new everyday i guess lol
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    Apr 01, 2014 1:33 PM GMT
    I think the original term was A-shirt. It wasn't until the show "Cops" became popular and more often than not the guy who was arrested beating his wife was wearing a dirty, stained A-shirt (a wife beater) that the term stuck and became mainstream.
    I know when I was a kid and through high school we didn't call them wife beaters.
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    Apr 01, 2014 4:29 PM GMT
    Anomalous1 saidI think the original term was A-shirt. It wasn't until the show "Cops" became popular and more often than not the guy who was arrested beating his wife was wearing a dirty, stained A-shirt (a wife beater) that the term stuck and became mainstream.
    I know when I was a kid and through high school we didn't call them wife beaters.

    The term is way older than that. They were called "wife beaters" even when I was in school.
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    Apr 01, 2014 4:31 PM GMT
    icon_rolleyes.gif The term was around way before cable TV came along.

    It was basically the standard uniform in the trailer parks. Popular with the ex-high school jock - got married at 17 because the girlfriend got pregnant - working for minimum wage and spending it all on cigarettes and beer instead of rent - crowd. Sort of a sartorial expression of virility. Along with beating the wife. icon_rolleyes.gif

    If you want to blame it on a "show," I'd look more towards Tennessee Williams plays and the subsequent movies made in the 50's.
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    Apr 01, 2014 4:43 PM GMT
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    Apr 01, 2014 10:02 PM GMT
    In 1947 in Detroit, Michigan — police arrested a local man (James Hartford, Jr.) for beating his wife to death. Local news stations aired the arrest and elements of the case for months after — constantly showing a picture of Hartford, Jr. when he was arrested — wearing a dirty tank top with baked bean stains on it…and constantly referring to him as “the wife beater."
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    Apr 02, 2014 11:27 AM GMT
    Louis CK on SNL Saturday night. his rag on "wife beaters" is perfect.
    "And somehow this is offensive to noone!"


    http://digg.com/video/watch-saturday-night-live-louis-c-k-monologue-online
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    Apr 02, 2014 3:41 PM GMT
    I'm waiting for my beating, sir.
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    (Forget about "big." It's that little waist that gets me.)
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    Apr 02, 2014 3:42 PM GMT
    Beat me gently, beat me often.
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    Apr 02, 2014 3:56 PM GMT
    Looks inexperienced. I'll let him practice on *me*.
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    Apr 02, 2014 3:59 PM GMT
    Also called "Dago tees"
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    Apr 02, 2014 3:59 PM GMT
    Wife beater or wife baiter?
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    Apr 02, 2014 4:01 PM GMT
    Is this technically a wife beater? I say let him in the club anyway.
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    Apr 02, 2014 4:02 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    MikeW saidWhat you're guy is wearing, woody, is to fashionable (a nice cut) to be a "wife beater" strictly speaking.
    A WB is more like this:

    11051341.jpg

    Yeah, and he's in the appropriate poor rural setting. I love his tan line, he obviously never wears anything else, even outdoors.

    And he appears to be pointing in alarm at the relatively new car across the way. Maybe it's a bill collector, or a bank foreclosure agent. Anyone not driving a banged-up pickup truck out there is suspicious. Well, time to go back inside and beat up the wife some more, maybe she knows who they are.

    Hysterical!
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    Apr 02, 2014 4:35 PM GMT
    Wife beater in Australia are only white singlets , Other colours are not referred to as a wife beater. They're usually referred to by colour instead ( a blue singlet is usually referred to as a "bluey").
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    Apr 02, 2014 5:00 PM GMT
    JohnSpotter saidWife beater or wife baiter?
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    master baiter